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Stress & burnout statistics

Three quarters of Americans experience symptoms related to stress in a given month:
- 77% experience physical symptoms
- 73% experience psychological symptoms

Source: American Psychological Association study, 2007.

- One-third of Americans feel they are living with extreme stress.

- About half of Americans (48%) feel that their stress has increased over the past five years.

- Money and work are the leading causes of stress (mentioned by three quarters of Americans).

Source: American Psychological Association study, 2007.

Physical symptoms of stress include:
- fatigue (51%);
- headache (44%);
- upset stomach (34%);
- muscle tension (30%);
- change in appetite (23%);
- teeth grinding (17%);
- change in sex drive (15%);
- feeling dizzy (13%).

Source: American Psychological Association study, 2007.

Psychological effects of stress include:
- experiencing irritability or anger (50%);
- feeling nervous (45%);
- lack of energy (45%);
- feeling as though you could cry (35%).

About half of Americans (48%) report lying awake at night due to stress.

Source: American Psychological Association study, 2007.

Stress impacts lives in a dramatic way:

- About one half of Americans say that stress has a negative impact on both their personal and professional lives.

- About one-third (31%) of employed adults have difficulty managing work and family responsibilities.

- Over one third (35%) cite jobs interfering with their family or personal time as a significant source of stress.

- Stress causes more than half of Americans (54 percent) to fight with people close to them.
-- One in four people report that they have been alienated from a friend or family member because of stress.
-- 8% connect stress to divorce or separation.

Source: American Psychological Association study, 2007.

Workplace stress costs more than $300 billion each year in health care, missed work and stress-reduction

Source: American Institute of Stress, NY.

Workers who report that they are stressed incur health care costs that are 46 percent higher, or an average of $600 more per person, than other employees

Source: Steven L. Sauter, chief of the Organizational Science and Human Factors Branch of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health

Workers in the United States already put in more than 1,800 hours on the job a year: 350 hours more than the Germans and slightly more than the Japanese

Source: International Labor Office.

More than 30 percent of workers say they are "always" or "often" under stress at work. A quarter of those surveyed in 2002 said there often were not enough co-workers to get the job done

National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago.

About half of Americans (48%) report lying awake at night due to stress. (Source: American Psychological Association study, 2007).

To combat wakefulness, Americans filled more than 50 million prescriptions in 2008 for sleeping pills like Ambien and spent more than $600 million on over-the-counter sleep-inducing supplements such as melatonin and valerian root.

Time June 1, 2009

See: What is stress? How bodymindfulness helps you deal with stress

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